Nuarro
 
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I'm enquiring about: Nuarro

Nuarro

Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

Nuarro is an owner-managed lodge at Memba Bay, about 380 kms south of Pemba, and just 180 kms north of Ilha de Mocambique as the crow flies. It is situated in a private 800-hectare wooded area on the tip of the Baixo do Pinda peninsula by a two-kilometre beach.

Accommodation

Twelve spacious thatched chalets are set along the dunes facing a beautiful crescent beach. The floor is raised to give a sea-view and a cooling breeze from your king-size bed. Alternatively, enjoy the view from your hammock or lounger on the private verandah. For families, the chalets have an upstairs area with twin beds.

Facilities

There is a beach bar and activity area, a restaurant with panoramic views, a cocktail bar, TV/DVD room and internet access.

Diving and marine activities

The four owners are keen divers, and this is reflected in the professional dive centre. There are fully-equipped dive boats (custom-built dhows) and professional instructors offer the full range of PADI dive courses.  One great advantage of Nuarro is that you can dive and snorkel from the shore, and there is always access to the sea, even at low tide. Other marine activities include kayaking, through the mangroves or along the coast to deserted beaches, canoeing with picnic lunches, wakeboarding, fly and bottom fishing, dhow cruises and whale watching between June and November.

Land activities

One really interesting excursion is the day-trip to Ilha de Mocambique, just two-and-a-half hours away by 4WD. This World Heritage Site, the abandoned former capital of Mozambique, displays a mixture of Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili, Africa and Dutch influences.  Another day-long excursion is through the bush to the famous Lurio Waterfalls, only accessible in the dry season. There are guided bush-trails, for walking or mountain-biking, early-morning walks and visits to the nearby villages. 

Community

Nuarro was built by the local community, which has been involved in the project from its inception and are co-owners of the land. In addition to the employment and training opportunities, ANAN, the community association, receives $5 per bednight and $2 per activity. The community has been helped to develop agricultural and horticultural enterprises, and a community centre has been built.

Access

The easiest access is by charter flight from Pemba . Alternatively, a road transfer takes 6 hours. From Nampula, you can fly or travel overland (4 hours).

Accommodation Reviews

The four hour road journey to Nuarro was tough, the last two on dirt roads, although the visual experience of village life en route was fascinating. On arrival the reception was warm and our stress rapidly dissipated. As with Gorongosa, we were struck by the passion of the owner/managers for their project and the genuine desire to have a positive impact on the local environment – both physical (flora + fauna) and social.

During our stay we progressed from sleeping to swimming, then snorkelling, then scuba diving and finally to sailing. The underwater world was amazing and as novice divers (first time!) we only sampled the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and for competent divers more treasures await, including the possibility of an encounter with the humpback whales whom we had the opportunity to watch spouting and tail flipping from the shore.

Food was delicious and well presented. Joe particularly enjoyed the fish dishes and my veggie meals exceeded expectation. The wine was good, the complimentary bottle being particularly enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble. We were for the most part the only guests and we had the lodge, the beach and the bay and all the staff all to ourselves. For the staff, there has been a steep learning curve and a contrast to previous village life; this manifest at times in a little quirkiness, but for us this just added to the charm and unfortunately in time this is likely to be lost as they become more polished

P & J Thompson
July 23, 2009

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